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Officials approve naming beaches critical habitat for turtles

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Officials say they won’t have any problems if Mississippi beaches are named critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing nearly 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as protected habitat. South Carolina officials have said that could make it harder and […] [...]

Corps hires firm to finish post-Katrina beach restoration

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hired Tropical World to begin the final phase of Hurricane Isaac repairs to the Pascagoula Beach. The Sun Herald reports work began yesterday to further replenish sand and riprap, clean and restore the concrete mats, and correct filter fabric that is exposed. Jaci Turner, the city’s planning, […] [...]

Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach closure prompted by sewage release

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued June 17. The stretch of beach is from Grande View Drive to Brady Drive in Biloxi (approximately from east of Edgewater Mall to just past Beauvoir). The City of Biloxi reported to MDEQ Monday that […] [...]

Pump station incident prompts precautionary closure of beach

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a precautionary beach closure. The affected beach is from Grande View Drive to Brady Drive in Biloxi (approximately from east of Edgewater Mall to just past Beauvoir). The City of Biloxi reported to MDEQ that a pump station malfunctioned […] [...]

Different techniques prove successful in keeping sand on beaches

HARRISON COUNTY — Over the past three months, Harrison County has used two methods of keeping sand off the highway and both worked. Engineer Dax Alexander and Sand Beach director Chuck Loftis told Harrison County supervisors that in the area of beach between Menge and Troutman in Long Beach and Pass Christian, workers removed sand […] [...]

BP oil spill cleanup ends, but MDEQ still monitoring beaches

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf Coast Incident Management Team and the U.S. Coast Guard are transitioning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response back to the pre-spill National Response Center system, according to a release from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). “While the Coast Guard and the Gulf States have decided that it’s […] [...]

With lifting of advisories, all Coast beaches open

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories issued June 1 for stretches of Harrison County beach. Advisories were lifted on the following beach monitoring stations: • Station 10B — East Courthouse (from Courthouse Road east to Teagarden • Station 11A — […] [...]

MDEQ lifts advisories on three stretches of beach

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted three water contact advisories issued May 31. The cleared stations are: • Station 8 — Gulfport West (from Maria Avenue east to Camp Avenue • Station 9 — Gulfport Harbor Beach (from 20th Avenue east to Thornton Avenue • […] [...]

MDEQ issues Coast beach advisories

HARRISON COUNTY — State officials are warning that the water along several stretches of beach in Harrison County may have high bacteria levels that could expose swimmers to an increased risk of illness. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a warning yesterday for two beach segments in Biloxi and Gulfport. Neither area has been […] [...]

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